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God-of-the-Oppressed

“God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble and oppressed."    - James ; James 4.6 cf. Proverbs 3.34


"Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and will be repaid in full."    - Wisdom ; Proverbs 19.17


"When you gather your crops and fail to bring in some of the grain that you have cut, do not go back for it; it is to be left for the foreigners, orphans, and widows. . . . When you have gathered your grapes once, do not go back over the vines a second time; the grapes that are left are for the foreigners, orphans and widows. Never forget that you were slaves in Egypt; that is why I have given you this command."    - Moses ; Deuteronomy 24:19-22


"Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of injustice, to undo the thongs of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke?"    - Isaiah ; Isaiah 58:6


“Do not oppress a foreigner."    - Torah ; Exodus 23.9


"God judges in favor of the oppressed..."    - David ; Psalms 146:6-7


“Do not mistreat or oppress a foreigner."    - Torah ; Exodus 22.21


"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free."    - Luke ; Luke 4.18


"Those who oppress the poor insult their Maker, but those who are kind to the needy honor him."    - Wisdom ; Proverbs 14.31


“It is these [the marginalized] whom Jesus tells to have hope, that God is not like their oppressors have made them think, that the end of their misfortunes is at hand, that the Kingdom of God is coming and is for them.”    - Jon Sobrino ; Jesus the Liberator


"To those who need profound succor and strength to enable them to live in the present with dignity and creativity, Christianity often has been sterile and of little avail. The conventional Christian word is muffled, confused, and vague. Too often the price exacted by society for security and respectability is that the Christian movement in its formal expression must be on the side of the strong against the weak. This is a matter of tremendous significance, for it reveals to what extent a religion that was born of a people acquainted with persecution and suffering has become the cornerstone of a civilization and of nations whose very position in modern life has too often been secured by a ruthless use of power applied to weak and defenseless peoples."    - Howard Thurman ; Jesus and the Disinherited


"But the needy will not always be forgotten, nor the hope of the afflicted ever perish."    - David the psalmist ; Psalm 9:18


"The LORD works righteousness and justice for all the oppressed."    - Psalmist ; Psalms 103.6


“So we speak of a Black God, Mother God, Worker God. This de-mystifies what's been passed on to us! In our process of organization and liberation of our people, it's important to meet a God who is more like us.”    - Silvia Regina de Lima Silva quoted by Mev Puleo ; The Struggle Is One: Voices and Visions of Liberation


"Wash and be clean; put away your evil deeds far from my sight; cease to do evil, learn to do good. Pursue justice, guide the oppressed; uphold the rights of the fatherless, and plead the widow’s cause."    - Isaiah ; Isaiah 1.16-17


"The LORD rises to argue his case; he stands to judge the peoples. The LORD enters into judgment with the elders and princes of his people: It is you who have devoured the vineyard; the spoil of the poor is in your houses. What do you mean by crushing my people, by grinding the face of the poor? says the Lord GOD of hosts."    - Isaiah ; Isaiah 3.13-15


"Saying, 'When will the new moon be over so that we may sell grain; and the sabbath, so that we may offer wheat for sale? We will make the ephah small and the shekel great, and practice deceit with false balances, buying the poor for silver and the needy for a pair of sandals,and selling the sweepings of the wheat.' The LORD has sworn by the pride of Jacob: Surely I will never forget any of their deeds."      - Amos ; Amos 8.5-8; 9.7-8


"But you have turned into venom the process of the law and justice itself into poison."    - Amos ; Amos 6:12 NEB


"The masses of men live with their backs constantly against the wall. They are the poor, the disinherited, the dispossessed. What does our religion say to them? The issue is not what it counsels them to do for others whose need may be greater, but what religion offers to meet their own needs. The search for an answer to this question is perhaps the most important religious quest of modern life."    - Howard Thurman ; Jesus and the Disinherited


"What word does Christianity have to offer for those of us who live with our backs constantly against the walls of white supremacist heterosexist patriarchal ableist capitalism?"    - CHANEQUA WALKER-BARNES ; Why I Gave Up Church; Bearings Online. October 12, 2017


"For theologians to speak of this God, they too must become interested in politics and economics, recognizing that there is no truth about Yahweh unless it is the truth of freedom as that event is revealed in the oppressed people's struggle for justice in this world."    - James H. Cone ; God of the Oppressed


"For he will rescue the needy from their rich oppressors, the distressed who have no protector. He will have pity on the poor and the needy, and deliver the needy from death; he will liberate them from oppression and violence and their blood will be of high value in his eyes."    - Psalmist ; Psalms 72.12


"The Lord has sworn by his holiness that your time is coming . . . [because you] grind the destitute and plunder the humble."    - Amos ; Amos 3:2, 4.2, 8.4 NEB


"Do not remove an ancient landmark or encroach on the fields of orphans,  for their redeemer is strong; he will plead their cause against you."    - Wisdom ; Proverbs 23.10-11


"For among my people there are scoundrels who, like fowlers, lay snares and set deadly traps; they prey on their fellows. Their houses are full of fraud, as a cage is full of birds. They grow great and rich, sleek and bloated; they turn a blind eye to wickedness and refuse to do justice; the claims of the fatherless they do not uphold, nor do they defend the poor at law."    - Jeremiah ; Jeremiah 5.26-28


"I cared for you in the wilderness, in a land of burning heat, as if you were in a pasture . . . [you] forgot me . . . [becoming] an oppressor trampling on justice, doggedly pursuing what is worthless."    - Hosea ; Hosea 13:5-6; 5:11 NEB


"You shall not ill-treat any widow or fatherless child. If you do, be sure that I will listen if they appeal to me."    - Torah ; Exodus 22:23-24, NEB


"The Lord is my refuge and my defence; he has shown himself my deliverer."    - Torah ; Exodus 15.2 (REB)


"Then Moses and the Israelites sang this song to the LORD: 'I will sing to the LORD, for he is highly exalted. Both horse and driver he has hurled into the sea.'"    - Torah ; Exodus 15.1


"God heard their groaning and he remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac and with Jacob. So God looked on the Israelites and was concerned about them."    - Torah ; Exodus 2.24-25


"Any analysis of the gospel which did not begin and end with God's liberation of the oppressed was ipso facto unchristian."    - God of the Oppressed ; James H. Cone


"The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind,to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor."    - Jesus ; Luke 4.18-19


"He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’"    - Jesus ; Matthew 25.45


"The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’"    - Jesus ; Matthew 25.40


"The cross places God in the midst of crucified people, in the midst of people who are hung, shot, burned, and tortured."
   - James H. Cone ; The Cross and the Lynching Tree


"Happy are those who are concerned for the poor; the Lord will help them when they are in trouble."    - David ; Psalms 41:1


"And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, 'Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.'"    - John the beloved ; Revelation 21:3-4


"For he has not despised or disdained the suffering of the afflicted one; he has not hidden his face from him but has listened to his cry for help."    - David, the psalmist ; Psalm 22:24


"He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds."    - David the psalmist ; Psalm 147:3


". . . For he who touches you, touches the apple of His eye."    - Zechariah the Prophet ; Zechariah 2:8


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